The coolest performance cruiser on the planet

Schakel

Dayboat sailor
Yep,

That's what we have been waiting for, real slick lines.
Plywood interiour, a day cruiser with all  luxurious features to have great days on the water.
For long stay as well. You won't be the shabbiest in the harbour.

Name me a better one in the same range
Released 2019
If you want the full bred racing version, tp52 (Only one feet smaller) comes to mind.
https://www.beneteau.com/en/first/first-yacht-53

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JL92S

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Yep,

That's what we have been waiting for, real slick lines.
Plywood interiour, a day cruiser with all  luxurious features to have great days on the water.
For long stay as well. You won't be the shabbiest in the harbour.

Name me a better one in the same range
Released 2019
If you want the full bred racing version, tp52 (Only one feet smaller) comes to mind.
https://www.beneteau.com/en/first/first-yacht-53

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Are you trying to sell them?

 

JL92S

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For the money they look alright. We are a dealer for them but in the UK the market is non existent so I doubt we’ll see one. I’d have liked to see it slightly lighter and a slightly higher build spec. Personally I would never race one competitively as I don’t think the deck gear is up to it. Your description of performance cruiser is spot on, it will only ever be a cruiser.   

 

Matagi

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It is very well designed, i agree. Pogo 50 is not too far out, re price list. Beats in performance, not in elegance. But I think, base list will never apply. For both. 

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Dufour 530 is quite similar in concept, but they overdid the styling. Overall: good choice, if you get it for that price. 

The question is: where other than the Caribbean or the Med do you keep such a thing?

 
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Schakel

Dayboat sailor
For the money they look alright. We are a dealer for them but in the UK the market is non existent so I doubt we’ll see one. I’d have liked to see it slightly lighter and a slightly higher build spec. Personally I would never race one competitively as I don’t think the deck gear is up to it. Your description of performance cruiser is spot on, it will only ever be a cruiser.   
She surely is pretty.
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And what is next?
Tp52, Pogo and VOR 65?
Pogo is family cruising and about the fastest, the other two are professional racing circuit:
https://www.fastsailing.gr/fast-sailing-in-greece-2/
https://www.52superseries.com/
https://www.theoceanrace.com/
 

 
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JL92S

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What you get in the base boat doesn’t include anything you see on the F53 in the photo. The carbon mast with rod rigging, teak deck, teak cockpit, instrument package, composite steering wheels, blue hull, performance keel with a lead bulb. None of it is included in the base price. On the Pogo you get as carbon rig included in the base price and also the lift keel. Personally I would sooner have a Grand Soleil 48 and sacrifice a little space for having a boat equipped for racing as well as cruising 

 

daan62

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looking at the interior... not my kind of boat offshore... it's a long flight from port to starboard and back .... 

indeed no traveller...

and no females ...

not my cup of tea!

 

maxstaylock

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Yep,

That's what we have been waiting for, real slick lines.
Plywood interiour, a day cruiser with all  luxurious features to have great days on the water.
For long stay as well. You won't be the shabbiest in the harbour.

Name me a better one in the same range
Released 2019
If you want the full bred racing version, tp52 (Only one feet smaller) comes to mind.
https://www.beneteau.com/en/first/first-yacht-53

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Meh, cheapens the great First name for me, more like an oceanis shitter to me.  Designed to look a bit like a fast boat to russians who don't know their arse from their elbow.

 

Reference

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I checked it out at the boat show last fall and wasn’t sold on the performance aspect. It’s visually very inspiring, but struck me as more like an Oceanis model styled like a Solaris. 

The deck layout is admittedly very slick, but past the appearance, there’s no traveler, mast is deck-stepped, and the interior fittings are same as on the bigger Oceanis line. Probably aimed at high end charter or for a couple pro crew to handle while the owner flies in, at least judging from the coffin-like crew cabin where the anchor locker normally would go.

If I had that money to spend (which I don’t), I would look at Solaris 50 for closest in style, and for similar performance at same size, Elan, Italia 15.98, or X-yachts x49.

 
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Reference

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One issue with the New Beneteau First 53 is that it’s not that good of a deal price wise.

In 2017, the Solaris 50 started at about $650k, well equipped for about $900k, per this Yachting World review. https://www.yachtingworld.com/reviews/boat-tests/solaris-50-boat-test

The First 53 starts at $672k, so well equipped its probably somewhere in the same ballpark. But with the Solaris you get handcrafted boat that set this design trend. Both have similar SA/displacement ratios of about 27/1, so they at least should be peppy.

 
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